The correct way to shoot a soccer ball
Nothing beats the pleasure of scoring a goal.
Sending a town crier in front of the keeper is one of the most satisfying feelings in sports.
It’s also essential to win: your team cannot emerge victorious from a match if no one finds the net.
As such, teaching even the youngest soccer players basic shooting skills is essential.
This article (and the accompanying videos) are intended to help coaches and parents of young footballers develop basic shooting skills appropriately and effectively.
Even the world’s deadliest goal scorers had to master the basics first.
Basic shooting technique
Young soccer players often have a bad habit of shooting dribblers with very little power or sending the ball well over the crossbar.
Strong, well-targeted shots are a bit rare.
This is because most of the young footballers do not master the basic shooting techniques, which are described in this video.
It starts by placing your sole foot roughly level with the ball.
As you approach the ball, focus on keeping your shoulders and head down, and pass the ball to keep your shot on target. Leaning back on contact will cause the ball to fly.
Kick the ball with the toe down and the ankle locked, making contact with the upper inside position of your foot (just where the laces are located on most crampons).
By locked ankle I mean your foot is firm and stable on contact rather than fragile.
Let your body twist through the ball to generate additional torque and power.
Always aim for a target inside the net, whether real or imaginary.
Practice taking photos with your left and right feet.
Once you’re comfortable with a stationary ball, you can have a partner roll the ball to you with a short pass so you can work on hitting a moving target.
Touch, roll, push and hit
Once a player has mastered stationary fire, they must simulate how they will execute the action during matches.
Chances are they won’t hit a stationary ball.
The Touch, Roll, Push and Hit exercise, as shown in this video, incorporates some basic foot skills and helps young footballers learn to shoot on the move.
At the top of the box, place three equidistant cones in a triangular formation. Start with the ball at your feet about 5 yards from the first cone.
As you approach the first cone, use the outside of one foot to touch the ball to the left or right.
Then roll the ball with that same foot to divide cones two and three.
Now use the opposite foot to push the ball in front of you.
Finally, use the same foot you just pushed the ball with to shoot on goal.
Perform 10 to 14 repetitions in total, taking an equal number of strokes with both feet.
Scissors and shooting exercise
Once a player has mastered shooting while running, they can add a bit of flair and deception to the action.
The scissors and shooting practice, as shown in this video, incorporate the skills of the feet into the shooting on the move.
Place a cone 10-20 meters in front of the goal.
Start with the ball at your feet about 6 yards behind the cone, facing the goal.
Dribble towards the cone.
When you are a few feet from the cone, perform a “scissor” or “step over” motion with your left leg. Stay low as you rotate your foot in front of and around the ball.
Once you are done with your scissors, plant your left foot and push the ball to your right with the outside of your right foot.
Your next touch will be a shot on goal with your right foot.
Perform 10 reps that end with a right foot shot and 10 reps that end with a left foot shot.
Start slowly and gradually increase our speed as you gain confidence.